In the past years newspaper headlines have read: Liberia cries for Democracy – Interpreted as meaning that Liberia demands a multi-party system that is the instrument of contemporary democracy. I would like to see more headlines saying: Liberia Cries out for Democrats.
Kanio Gbala vs Bill Tweahway: Your take for Mont. D3 Attorney Kanio Bai Gbala has suspended his membership from Liberia’s biggest grassroots opposition political party, the Congress for Democratic Change, and by extension, the Coalition for Democratic Change comprising the CDC, NPP and LPDP. Atty. Gbala’s suspension of his membership from the CDC comes amid rumors that the CDC political leader, Senator George Manneh Weah, favors Representative Bill Tweahway to contest the CDC ticket for Montserrado County District # 3 where Kanio is also contesting in the upcoming October legislative election. Kanio’s action has caused a ripple of reactions from across all facets of society. In this edition of “What’s Trending”, Capitol Times brings you the reactions of two prominent Liberians on how they feel about the current political turbulence in the CDC.
Dashward A. Wumah, Darby, Pennsylvania, USA: I Stand with Kanio I support Atty. Kanio Bai Gbala’s quest to be the next representative of District number three Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia. I believe in his intellectual and academic abilities to lead the people of District number three from the dungeon of backwardness to the highest peak of prosperity. Atty.Kanio Bai Gbala is a true partisan of the Congress for Democratic Change. He has demonstrated his love for CDC over the years; unlike, Hon. Bill Tweahway who has flipped-flopped in his commitment to the Congress for Democratic Change. It is now time the Congress for Democratic Change weed out the bad apples in the party. Hon.Bill Tweahway happens to be one of those bad apples in the garden of the Congress for Democratic Change. During the formative stage of CDC in 2005, Hon. Bill Tweahway was a partisan of the CDC. His hope was to get a lucrative job in a CDC government in 2005. However, the CDC did not win the 2005 election and Hon. Bill Tweahway, who was not a strong ideolog of the CDC, decided to prostitute politically. He joined the ruling Unity and managed to win District number three Montserrado County seat on the ticket of the Unity Party. In his raw quest to maintain political power, he did not see his way clear in maintaining his seat at the level of the ruling Unity Party. The 2014 senatorial election was at hand and our political leader ambassador George Manneh Weah was a contestant in said election.
He and other Montserrado County law makers in the Unity Party who did not see their chances of winning the 2017 legislative election endorsed ambassador George Manneh Weah with the hope that senator George Manneh Weah will support them in 2017. Senator George M. Weah would had won the 2014 senatorial election with or without their support. Senator George M. Weah was a popular candidate in the race any way. Hon. Bill Twehway and others are now trying to use their fake endorsement of senator Weah in 2014 to retain political power. Hon. Bill Tweahway is not a true ideolog of the CDC. He is one of those bad apples in the garden of CDC. He cannot be trusted. Atty. Kanio Bai Gbala is one of those good apples in the garden of CDC. He has proven this over the years and deserves a chance to lead. I am calling on our political leader senator George M. Weah to allow the selection process to be free,fair and transparent. The Congress for Democratic Change cannot continue to allow the bad apples to boom in the garden of the CDC. Let the good apples boom. I support the legislative quest of Atty.Kanio Bai Gbala. The Congress for Democratic Change should not be fooled all the time.
Millias Z. Sheriff, Monrovia, Liberia: I stand with CDC "Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered; those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight while the ignorant fight to win" -Sun Tzu's Art of War.
It is an indisputable fact that Kanio is an asset. His service to the CDC has been enormous, worthy and appreciated and also an uncontestable reality that the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) now metamorphosed into the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) had withstood lot of attacks, internal struggles, the exodus of people, etc. This party has continuously stood tall in times of difficulties or trying times thereby emerging stronger than before - a fact that history can unrelentlessly point to and humbly identify with.
It will be sheer absurdity for one to ignore the potential of Kanio, especially his intellectual prowess. He has always demonstrated the significance and power of being adequately schooled. Kanio's decision to leave the CDC is his prerogative and needs to be respected except that in his leaving, he has blatantly created a dubious and fake picture of the CDC abuse of the democratic tenets being practiced by this noble institution. It would have been preferable for the revered and astute Kanio to explicitly point out his personal or possible egotistic quest of being representative, perhaps his only reason of joining the CDC than presenting a picture of undemocratic practice(s) in the CDC. Why quit when the party is about to have primaries and you are favorably favored, loved and admired by both officials and memberships partisans? Is there something bigger, I mean more attractive - an offer personally than the masses confidences in you? I love, admire, respect and value you but distastefully detest your quest for personal glory over the people's struggle.
The Congress for Democratic Change has continuously proving to be pacchadermic/having a thick skin thereby being impervious to attacks; arranged disintegration, internal wrangling, exodus of self-wanting politicians etc. Under the able leadership of Amb. Weah, this institution had survived and is surviving the harshest of unrealistic criticisms, the deadliest of propagandas, the strongest of intrusions and arranged disintegration. WE STILL STAND TALL EVEN TO THE EXTENT SERVING AS PACESETTER OR TRAILBLAZER FOR THE FORMATION OF A COALITION!! Let Kanio be aware that the once glorious ones who placed self over the people's struggle are no longer valued and both the "Now” and posterity will negatively judge them. And to the elements of distractions or backwardness, your plans are dead upon arrival. The Coalition for Democratic Change remains undeterred and an indomitable force comes October 2017; the people must be redeemed or emancipated and Liberia must experience a positive transformation.
THE CDC IS ABOVE PERSONAL EGO, THE CDC REMAINS THE BEACON OF HOPE AND THE CDC REMAINS SUPREME. AS AN INSTITUTIONALIST, I STAND WITH THE CDC!!!!!!!!
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